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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Monday, August 04, 2008

CHION, by Darryl Sloan

Day 2. The real story focuses on Jamie Metcalfe and his crush, Tara Morton. He's in the senior grade of Clounagh Junior High School. Jamie is 14 at the time of this story and, if memory serves me correctly, Tara is a year behind him in school. We are introduced to Jamie right from the start, a refreshing change from many English authors who want to lay a foundation first and the tell the story, but then again, Darryl is Irish, and the Irish are known for their storytelling abilities. Darryl does much to keep this alive. We see Jamie scared of something he can't see, but can somehow feel. It comes to him from the screams and moans of those outside, those trapped in this strange snow. Only, at this point no one realizes that there is a connection between the snow and these unfortunate events. This leads us to Tara, as Jamie spies her woolen cap among the fallen. Desperate to do something for her he almost surges forward into the same trap as she. Yet wiser, cooler heads intervene. She is extricated from the snow and it is then we learn the truth, well most of us. A wise guy in the class has to learn the hard way.
We are stranded with 650 students plus staff at Clounagh. And it gets worse. As I mentioned yesterday, they learn that this exte
CHION is told in such a way as to deliver a lot of action fast, yet doling out useful information at an extremely so pace, which only serves to increase the drama.nds into parts of France. Had this been somewhat local rescue attempts would have been fairly easy. Now, can you remember when you were 13 or 14? Can you imagine what it would be like to find yourself trapped at school with no way out? Face it, your average kid in school endures this time so he or she can enjoy the rest of the day AWAY from the place. Now add to this teen horror another teen horror, food and water are going to be rationed out "in case" they have to stay for a long period of time. What could possibly be worse than being trapped at school? Being trapped at school without food, for as you know, teenagers, especially boys, tend to eat voraciously. So looking death square in the face isn't bad enough. These kids have to do so with one of their few joys removed from, or at least a goodly supply of it.

So we are back again at the same spot, spiritually speaking. God leads us, draws us, comforts us into His loving family. Once there and secure He seems to remove Himself from us. No amount of prayer or Bible reading seem to bring back that closeness. The very thing we were drawn to, that joy we craved soon becomes a distant memory. Why would a loving God do this? The answer is simply that it is because He is a loving God. He really hasn't removed Himself from us, but He has put us in sort of a spiritual dry land, or desert. For only there can He teach us and make us into what will lead us into a much greater joy. We think this "desert experience" is going to be permanent. I know I did. From the years of 12 to 17 I tried everything to get my closeness back with God. During that time He was still feeding me His Word, although I was about to give up on Him. Then He came storming in like a mighty wave, saying, "...but I still love you." That whole testimony is rather lengthy, but I wanted you to understand that while I wasn't in a school where we were trapped by snow or anything else, I do know what it is to feel like you've been forgotten by the One who says He loves you. And our puny love for Him can quickly turn to bitterness and hate. He has to remove that. Did you know that many people in the Bible went through similar circumstances? Look at them; Abraham, Moses, even Jesus was tempted of Satan in the wilderness. If God's only Son had to go through this and we know the Father loves the Son, then we can assume that He loves us also. Our time in the wilderness, however, may depend on how quickly we learn the lessons he is trying to teach us. May we be quick learners. May CHION remind us that there is more than just the danger outside our door. There is One whose very love conquers all obstacles.

David Brollier
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Grace Bridges said...

Preach it, brother!

cathikin said...

Once again, I love how you pull so much truth out of a story.

David said...

I definitely have my own way of writing reviews. I confided to one person that my reviews sound more like Bible studies than reviews. Their response was that they found them refreshing for that very reason, so yes, Grace, I will continue to "preach it" as long as God gives me strength.

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